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I Married a Witch (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 30 October 1942 (USA)
A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor.

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(as Rene Clair)

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Margaret
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Tabitha Wooley
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J.B. Masterson
Robert Greig ...
Town Crier
Viola Moore ...
Martha
Mary Field ...
Nancy Wooley
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Harriet Wooley
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Allen - Hotel Owner
Helen St. Rayner ...
Singer at Wedding
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Justice of the Peace
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Storyline

In 1672, two witches (Jennifer and her father Daniel) were burned by puritan Jonathan Wooley. In revenge, Jennifer cursed all future generations of the Wooley family, that the sons will always marry the wrong woman and be miserable. In the 20th century, a bolt of lightning frees Jennifer and her father from the tree that had kept their souls imprisoned. Jennifer assumes corporeal form and decides to make up-and-coming politician Wallace Wooley, then unhappily engaged, even more miserable by getting him to fall in love with her before his wedding. Wallace is a straight arrow, though, and Jennifer has to resort to a love potion. As we all know, love potions tend to backfire, with comedic results. Written by Finchster

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30 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Me casé con una bruja  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The car Wallace drives is a 1941 Cadillac Series 67. The original cost of the car was $2,595-$2,890, or the equivalent of $41,823-$46,577 in 2016. That car, in good condition, would sell at auction for $20,000-$30,000 in 2016. Note how very dirty the car is--that was to prevent reflections of studio lights and equipment. See more »

Goofs

The film opens with a scene of Puritans in the Massachusetts colony burning witches. No-one was ever burned for witchcraft in America. The accused witches of Salem, Massachusetts, and its environs were hanged, with the exception of Giles Corey, who was pressed to death with rocks. Burning was the European method of executing witches, and pop culture has long confused the two historical spheres. See more »

Quotes

J.B. Masterson: Will you try to be a little more pleasant, at least until after the wedding?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Long, long ago, when people still believed in witches . . . . . See more »

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Soundtracks

The Battle Cry of Freedom
(1862) (uncredited)
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Wow!
30 May 2001 | by (London) – See all my reviews

After reading many film books such as the Hurrell one and "The image makers" I had really started to wonder about Veronica Lake. Having never seen any of her films I really wanted to see her in something...and to be honest to see if she was as gorgeous as in her photo's. Not being available in the UK my flat-mate picked me up a copy of this on a shopping-trip to NY.

Well-what can I say?! Veronica is more than I ever expected, BUT I really DO like the film too. I think it's funny, just the right length and the story has a certain charm and warmth to it that just leaves me smiling. Other viewers have complained about the darkness of it due to the film quality, but I find the beginning vaguely similar to Whale's Frankenstein. Okay, the start and indeed the whole film are slightly silly, but that's its naive charm. Lake has this naughty but loveable air about her that bounds around the screen - I love it and her! I'm really glad I own it, can't wait to both watch it again and see Veronica in something else...


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